Posts Tagged 'Affordable Care Act'

Gilfillan: U.S. must change private marketplace to move to ‘patient-centric’ approach

Gilfillan: U.S. must change private marketplace to move to ‘patient-centric’ approach

Dr. Richard Gilfillan thinks that basically every health professional has walked a career path paved with good intentions. No one who has stepped up to the podium this week in the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy or anywhere else on the grounds hates the idea of making people healthy.

“No one comes here and says they want to provide fragmented health care at an unreasonable cost,” he said.

Gilfillan to unpack reform’s effects on health insurance, delivery systems

Gilfillan to unpack reform’s effects on health insurance, delivery systems

Not in his wildest dreams did Richard Gilfillan hope to see the likes of the Affordable Care Act. By addressing issues in the health care insurance marketplace as well as in delivery systems, the Affordable Care Act exceeded the expectations of Gilfillan and many other health care professionals.

In fact, Gilfillan left his position as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where he worked for three years, this past June, citing a curiosity to explore the multitude of opportunities produced by the Affordable Care Act.

Corwin: ‘You have to start the discussion with what’s right for the patient’

Corwin: ‘You have to start the discussion with what’s right for the patient’

It was 1968, and Steven J. Corwin’s grandfather was having a heart attack. At 12 years old, Corwin observed the treatment his 62-year-old grandfather was given — recommended bed rest for six weeks and the advice to “curtail“ his smoking. Two weeks later, his grandfather passed away from a second heart attack.

“That was my inspiration to go into cardiology,” said Corwin, CEO at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Corwin spoke at Tuesday’s morning lecture on Week Nine’s theme of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” His lecture focused on the progress being made in medicine today, in technology as well as in cost-controlling measures.

Fineberg: ‘We can do more about American health care’

Fineberg: ‘We can do more about American health care’

When charting the course of human medical evolution, it becomes evident that progress throughout the past century has been nothing less than remarkable.

About 25,000 years ago, the life expectancy of a human was 25 years, said Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine and previous provost of Harvard University. By 1900, that number had risen to 48 in the United States, and today, U.S. residents are expected to live until the age of 78.

LECOM, Independent Health help Chautauqua tackle health care

LECOM, Independent Health help Chautauqua tackle health care

To tackle an issue as prodigious as the state of health care in America, Chautauqua Institution has committed to a three-year forum in which health care will be explored in great length, beginning this week and continuing in Week Nine of 2014 and again in 2015. Fortunately, the Institution has help in this huge undertaking. The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine will serve as presenting sponsor of the health care forum this week and through 2015, and Independent Health, an insurance provider located in Buffalo, N.Y., will be this week’s supporting sponsor.

Fineberg to address creating ‘culture of health’

Fineberg to address creating ‘culture of health’

Harvey Fineberg thinks the Affordable Care Act is a significant step in the right direction of health care reform, but he feels it doesn’t do enough to address the need for better care at an affordable cost.

Fineberg serves as president of the Institute of Medicine, an independent organization that provides unbiased advice on issues in biomedical science, medicine and health. He will speak at today’s 10:45 a.m. morning lecture in the Amphitheater on three issues he feels the United States must address to create a “culture of health.”